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Being a Busy Bee

Oh, I am so busy.

Today, Ireland is in the midst of a snowstorm – a storm that may last well into the weekend. Not a normal occurrence. I only just started teaching the new 11 Week Commis Chef training course at the School of Food in Thomastown, Kilkenny and we’ve already had to cancel classes due to the extreme weather and messy roads.

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In preparation of the course, Dermot and I visited the local Camphill community in Jerpoint – just outside of Thomastown. What a beautiful place. What a wonderful community. Some of the gardeners at Camphill Jerpoint will be helping to maintain our gardens at the school and we are thrilled to be working with them.

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We are also getting regular orders of their seasonal vegetables for our students to work with – and hopefully some shorthorn beef when the time comes. They are such beautiful, gentle animals – I’m all for supporting ethically-raised beef but I know it would be hard for me to do these handsome fellows in! Just another reason I love the Camphill community for providing us with good, homegrown food.

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My recipe for Irish Bennies was recently published by the Food Bloggers of Canada – do check it out if you’re interested in an Irish brunch for Paddy’s Day.

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Speaking of Paddy’s Day (and the Food Bloggers of Canada), I will be sharing the recipe for these Irish Coffee Donuts (with spiced whiskey crème pâtissière and a deep espresso glaze) this March, so keep an eye out for that!

This coming weekend I am so excited to be attending the Parabere Forum in Malmö, Sweden. This is technically a work trip, since I’ll be writing articles about the forum for several publications, but I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of inspirational voices in food and food security. I know my horizons will be broadened. I’m going to learn a lot. And I’m going to be able to spend some time in one of National Geographic’s “Places You Need to Visit in 2018” with my husband and baby. So. Pumped.

And as I’ll be in Malmö for the weekend we will naturally also spend some time in Copenhagen. T’would be rude not to.

To close, here’s a picture of Ciara and her favourite friend.

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Happy March, everyone!

 

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Interested in Becoming a Chef?

  • Are you Irish (or legally living in Ireland)?
  • Are you currently unemployed or working seasonally?
  • Interested in food?
  • Free for roughly the next 12 weeks?

You should take the School of Food’s new 11-Week Commis Chef Training Course!

I will be teaching this course alongside revered Irish chef Dermot Gannon of The Old Convent (located in Clogheen, South Tipperary – near The Vee!). Dermot has won numerous awards in the past several years for his inventive, delicious take on modern Irish cuisine. He’s a great guy to work with and learn from.

This course will equip applicants with the necessary skills needed for an immediate start in a restaurant kitchen. From week 7, the students will spend one day per week working in the industry under one of our roster of great local chefs.

Oh… I forgot to mention: it’s fully funded (we are operating in conjunction with Taste 4 Success Skillnet) which means successful applicants will have to pay €0! We’ll even buy their uniforms. It’s a great course to take if you’re wondering if a career in food is right for you.

At 11 weeks, the students will be professional-kitchen- ready. They will have attained a transferable skill, a certification (QQI Level 4 Equivalent) and all the necessary safety/sanitation training.

If you’re interested in this course – or know someone who might be – click on the link here, email us at info@schooloffood.ie or give us a ring at 056 775 4397. We’d love to meet with you!

Listen here to my radio interview with KCLR 96FM for more info (starting at minute 20).

*Classes start on February 26th.

janine kennedy

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